How brave is too brave

brave, brave

[from 5 years]

What is braver? To pass a crazy test of courage or just not take part? This book shows an animal community in a somewhat unusual composition that gives a surprising answer to this question.

Mouse, snail, frog and sparrow meet at the pond and get a little bored. Then it occurs to the frog that a competition could be a good idea. The aim is to determine who is the bravest. The mouse starts and dives bravely, past gawking fish, from one bank to the other. The frog thinks that you don't have to be particularly courageous, but then admits impressed: "; Courageous, courageous! Instead of a fly, the frog decides to eat a whole water lily with stump and stem. The snail does not find it brave, after all she eats greens all day long. But she finally nods approvingly. The snail decides to leave her house and sneak around it once. The sparrow finds this unspectacular because it hatched out of its eggshell on the first day. When the Snail has squeezed back into her house, a lot of time has passed, but everyone claps in "wings, webbed feet and paws". After all, a lot of courage is expected from the cheeky sparrow and everyone is excited to see what he'll come up with The surprise is clearly written on everyone's face when, after careful consideration, the sparrow says "; I'm not taking part! "; It takes a while until everyone understands, but then the joy is great, about the decision of the really brave sparrow.

With this book Lorenz Pauli encourages all little listeners "; no"; to say and shows that it can also be brave not always to please others. In addition, it sends a clear message to all parents: Encourage your children to trust their own feelings for their own protection, because trusting themselves also means sometimes swimming against the current. It is nice that he packs the message so child-friendly that one immediately forgets its seriousness.

However, the story from the Swiss atlantis publishing house would only be half as nice if it weren't for the wonderful pictures by Kathrin Schärer. It gives the animals almost human features. Coupled with the characteristics that have always been attributed to animals, the result is a funny mixture. On each double page, it is shown in large format how the tough little mouse is clearly bored, the cheeky sparrow curiously jostles and the puffy-eyed frog chokes down its unusual meal. From the cobwebs under the shade of the leaf you can see that the sluggish snail apparently needs hours to circle around its house.

The pictures are clearly pre-sketched with pencil and colored very realistically. As the background design was not used in most of the drawings, the facial expressions of the animals appear all the more lively. Apart from a special double page, the color scheme is very natural and pleasant. In order to make it clear how big the surprise of the friends is about the unusually courageous statement of the sparrow, the perplexed faces were shown oversized against a red background. A funny picture that you would love to hang up as a poster in your child's room. The pride and courage of the sparrow is then expressed by all animals by jumping around in high spirits. Only slightly indicated by two lines, but easily recognizable, the snail gently rocks its rear part. If that's no joy!

Even younger children like the funny representations. From the age of 5, however, the book is only effective in its entirety in terms of appearance and content.


A living story that makes you smile, which easily conveys the meaningful message of how important it is to trust your own feelings and that even saying no can be courageous.

Gabriele Jansen